Mixed-monolayer of N-hydroxysuccinimide-terminated cross-linker and short alkanethiol to improve the efficiency of biomolecule binding for biosensing

Sadik D. A., Eksi-Kocak H., ERTAŞ G., BOYACI İ. H., MUTLU M.

SURFACE AND INTERFACE ANALYSIS, vol.50, no.9, pp.866-878, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/sia.6489
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.866-878
  • Keywords: gold surface modification, mixed self-assembled monolayer (mSAMs), protein immobilization, surface characterization, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), transducer, SELF-ASSEMBLED MONOLAYERS, SURFACE-PLASMON RESONANCE, RAY PHOTOELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY, DNA/ALKYLTHIOL MONOLAYERS, GOLD NANOPARTICLES, DIALKYL DISULFIDES, IMMOBILIZATION, ACID, XPS, DERIVATIZATION
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The goal of this study was to use a novel surface chemistry for modifying gold surfaces to decrease the steric hindrance, minimize the nonspecific bindings while providing directed immobilization of proteins for advancing the transducer property and to provide a biosensing platform for surface plasmon resonance (SPR) applications. Mixed self-assembled monolayers (mSAMs) were prepared using 3,3-Dithiodipropionic acid di (N-hydroxysuccinimide ester) (DSP) and 6-mercapto-1-hexanol (MCH) and the selected model proteins bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme were tested for binding efficiency. First, binding of these two proteins at constant concentration to different DSP:MCH mSAMs were compared to deduce the best molar ratio for forming mSAM using a continuous flow system coupled to SPR. Coincidently the maximum protein binding DSP:MCH mSAM were the same for both proteins. The change in Response Unit (RU) signal due to protein binding between DSP SAM and maximum protein binding DSP:MCH mSAM for lysozyme binding was more in comparison to BSA binding. Second, the effect of BSA and lysozyme concentration on binding efficiency to maximum protein binding DSP:MCH mSAM were compared and discussed. Lysozyme and BSA were shown to reach saturations on the same monolayer at concentrations of 5.7x10(-5) and 8.96x10(-6) [M] respectively, hence the molar ratio for limit concentrations is 6:1. The DSP SAM, MCH SAM, and DSP:MCH mSAMs where maximum and minimum protein binding occurs were also characterized with XPS and Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Blank gold surface, maximum protein binding DSP:MCH mSAM and BSA immobilized DSP:MCH mSAM on gold surface were also investigated utilizing tapping mode AFM.